Have you ever heard of the Golden Irish dog breed before? If not, it is a cross between the beautiful Irish Setter and Golden Retriever. This is a very friendly hybrid dog breed. You will fall absolutely in love with this dog breed, from its personality to its looks.
Wanna learn more about the Irish Setter Golden Retriever mix? Below you will find a ton of information about this hybrid from history, personality, exercise, and food requirements. If you are considering getting a Golden Irish, you will want to read this first.
Irish Setter Golden Retriever Mix History
No one knows why the first Irish Setter Golden Retriever mix was created. This is true for a lot of hybrid dog breeds. Since we do not have very much information, we will discuss more about the parent dog breeds of this mix.
Starting off, the Irish Setter is originally from Ireland. You can see this dog breed as far back as the 18th century when it was used to aid owners while they hunted. This breed was actually created by combining a variety of different setters and pointer dog breeds.
People think that in 1875 the very first Irish Setter was brought to the United States. A few years later, the AKC accepted this breed into their club. If you were alive during the 1960s and early 1970s, you might remember this dog breed gaining even more popularity because the Nixon’s were in office and had one of their own.
Many people have a little background knowledge of the Golden Retrievers history, but fear not; if you don’t, I will give you the details. The Golden Retriever was first created by combing a few different dog breeds, such as the Water Spaniel and the Yellow Retriever. It is also said that the Golden Retriever originated in Scotland.
Of course, this dog breed was originally bred to be a suburb hunter and to retrieve waterfowl. In 1925 the breed got its acceptance into the American Kennel Club. As you know, this dog breed has stayed popular for decades because of its great personality and ability to be a working and companion dog.
Golden Irish Appearance
If you have ever read any of my other mixed breed articles, you will know that I always say appearance can be hard to describe because every dog is different. Even in a litter of puppies, each puppy can look slightly different. For example, one may take on more traits of the Irish Setter while the other looks more like a Golden Retriever.
In general, a Golden Irish will be a rather large dog falling into the large dog breed category. The coat will be long and very straight with a slight wave in it. The color of the coat in this hybrid will be more of the traditional colors which you will see below.
Your dog’s ears will be floppy, and the head will be traditionally round. The muzzle and snout will be short and not as long as other dog breeds. Again, expect some variation for each dog depending on the traits acquired.
Golden Irish Temperament
Just like with appearance, your dog’s temperament largely depends on which traits your dog takes for which parent. Most likely, your dog will inherit the fun-loving and loyal personality. As you know, the Golden Retriever has the reputation of being one of the friendliest dog breeds around. They are also incredibly loyal, making them great companions.
If you work closely with your dog from a young puppy age, it can get very socialized and accustomed to various things. Of course, this will make your dog more friendly, but both of the parents of this mix already have great dispositions.
Irish Setter Golden Retriever Mix Coat
The coat of your Irish Setter Golden Retriever mix will be long and quite dense. This is a mix that will shed a lot, so it is important to know that upfront if you suffer from dog allergies and can’t handle shedding.
The coat is typically straight, but you may notice your dog having a slight wave. Most will just get the straight coat. Keep reading on to see the colors your dog will come in.
What Colors Do They Come In?
Here are the variety of colors that your Golden Irish might come in. Your dog can take on one or more of these colors.
Your dog will most likely have a black nose and brown eyes.
Golden Irish Size
As you know, both the Golden Retriever and the Irish Setter are large dog breeds. So when you combine them together, you still get a rather large dog. Both female and male Golden Irish dogs can weigh between 55 to 80 pounds.
Females may be smaller than 80 pounds but just know that is an acceptable range. If you are ever worried about your dog’s weight, you can consult with your veterinarian. This mix can also span between 21 to 28 inches in height.
Irish Setter Golden Retriever Mix Health Problems
All dogs have some sort of health issue; even if your dog is fine, the breed itself can be prone to certain health issues. Below you will find a list of what the Irish Setter Golden Retriever mix may possibly get.
Hip Dysplasia – This is such a common health issue among a lot of dog breeds, and it is when the joint bone and the hip do not align correctly and slip out of place. This can cause your dog extreme pain. This is something that you should have your dog checked for by your veterinarian.
Allergies – Allergies are another common health issue that dogs can develop. Some dogs have food allergies, while others can suffer from allergies to outside elements and even fleas. Allergies can be easily managed through the right nutrition or by keeping your dog away from the things it is allergic to.
Ear Infections – Some dogs can be prone to getting ear infections for a variety of reasons. A dog with floppy ears can sometimes get ear infections, but as long as you make ear cleaning part of your grooming routine, you can reduce the chances of that happening.
Bloat – Bloat is a very serious condition. It is common among the larger dog breeds. This can happen suddenly or when your dog eats. The stomach will actually twist in on itself and cause harm and sometimes even death.
Hypothyroidism – This is a condition where the thyroid is not as active as it should be. This is a long-term condition that will need to be managed. If your dog does get this, it is likely from the Irish Setter parent.
Life Expectancy of a Golden Irish
Life Expectancy is another thing that can be very difficult to determine. If you are ever worried about your dog’s health, you will want to contact your dog’s veterinarian.
Irish Setters have a life span of 12 to 15 years, and a Golden Retriever has a life span of 10 to 12 years. So, expect your dog to live between 10 to 15 years long, and this will all depend on your dog’s health.
In this section, we discuss what it will be like to live with a Golden Irish. If you, can you should have a fenced-in yard for this breed. This will give you the opportunity to allow your dog to roam around outside and get some of its energy out.
Dogs that live in small spaces such as an apartment can get destructive, so it is important to get your dog outside and plenty of exercise to combat this behavior.
This type of dog will do excellent around children. If you have small children or bigger ones, you will be happy with this breed. It is an extremely friendly breed that will be loyal and so sweet to you.
Golden Irish Exercise
This large breed mix will need at least one hour of exercise per day. This is a high-energy dog but not as high of energy as other dog breeds. If you are actively hunting with your dog daily, then it should be getting enough exercise.
Nowadays, most dogs are just companions, which means they will spend a lot of time inside with their owners. Therefore, it is very important that you give your dog the required amount of exercise it needs each day. This will not only keep your dog active but will also reduce the chance of bad behavior.
If sixty minutes of exercise seems like too much for you, I suggest breaking up that time into two separate exercise sessions. Thirty minutes in the morning and thirty minutes in the evening.
There are so many fun ways you can exercise your dog, from running, swimming, and even playing in the backyard. Remember, if you are running at night with your dog to purchase a reflective collar that way, other people know where you and your dog are if in the dark.
Irish Setter Golden Retriever Mix Feeding
Your Irish Setter Golden Retriever mix will need three cups of high-quality food per day. When using a commercial food, make sure you check over the ingredients closely. The first few ingredients must come from a substantial source of protein, such as chicken, duck, or beef.
You can choose to make your dog their own homemade dog food. A lot of owners are turning to do this, and some are even following the raw diet for their dogs. Whatever you decide to do, remember to feed your dog a food with a good protein source and other high-quality ingredients.
Break up the daily amounted food into separate small meals. For example, never give your dog three cups of food all at once. This can increase the risk of bloat, which is a very serious medical issue in dogs. Instead, give your dog a cup in the morning, a cup at lunch, and the final cup in the evening.
Irish Setter Golden Retriever Mix Training
The Irish Setter Golden Retriever mix is actually an incredibly easy dog to train. Having two very intelligent parent dog breeds, the Irish Setter and the Golden Retriever, you shouldn’t have any major issues with training.
Always go into training with a positive attitude and energy. Dogs can pick up on the way you feel, so if you are nervous or anxious, your dog will absorb that and be anxious or nervous. Remember to reward your dog during training with positivity, also called positive reinforcement. You can do that with a simple hug and affection or with treats.
Keep in mind the Golden Irish dog is not easily convinced by treats, so make sure you show your dog a lot of affection when they do something right.
If you plan on taking your dog hunting, it is important that you work and train your dog thoroughly so it can perform the retrieving task you want it to do.
Golden Irish Grooming
This is not a hypoallergenic dog by any means. This dog will shed on the daily due to its thick and long coat. You can expect your Golden Irish to shed even more during the fall and spring seasons. You should definitely invest in a brush for daily use for your dog. It will catch some of the loose hairs and will also leave your dog’s coat looking great.
Remember in your grooming routine to check your dogs’ ears often and make sure they are clean. You do not want your dog to develop an ear infection. Bathe your dog when necessary, and that means when your dog is visible really dirty.
Also, check your dog’s nails and ensure they are not getting too long. Very active dogs usually will file down their nails themselves through exercise, but it is always important to check and clip them yourself if need be.
Golden Irish Puppies
Golden Irish puppies are truly just the cutest dogs ever. These puppies will start out small but begin to grow very fast and quick. Remember to feed your puppy a high-quality puppy food for the first year of its life until a veterinarian tells you to switch to adult food.
My suggestion to you is to always purchase from a reputable breeder. Unfortunately, puppies that come from puppy mills aren’t always in the best health. I actually have an entire article on the best breeders you can purchase from to get yourself a Golden Irish puppy.
As soon as you get your dog, you will want to begin to socialize it. This is key to creating a very friendly and overall sound dog. Work with your puppy on a daily basis to have it become a very sound dog.
Irish Setter Golden Retriever Mix Litter Size
Just like with appearance and size, a female’s litter size can be very hard to determine, but thankfully we are allowed to make an educated guest based on the parent breeds litter size.
An Irish Setter female can have between eight to twelve puppies in a litter. The Golden Retriever is very similar as that breed can have between four to twelve puppies in a litter. So when you combine these two breeds together, you will get a rather large litter in-between four to twelve puppies in a litter.
In this section, I like to summarize my article and the key points you should know about the Irish Setter Golden Retriever mix.
- The Golden Irish is a large dog breed.
- You will notice this dog breed is very friendly, loyal, and intelligent.
- Can be used as just a companion dog breed or even for hunting.
- You need to give this dog breed one hour of exercise each day.
- Your dog needs three cups of high-quality food each day.
- A yard would be ideal for this dog as then you can let your dog out to expel some of that pent-up energy.
Close relatives of the Golden Irish
Below are a few breeds that are similar and act like the Golden Irish. They are: